This example shows how to add a plot to an existing graph.
Plot of a sine wave along the domain [0,5].
x1 = linspace(0,5); y1 = sin(x1); figure % new figure window plot(x1,y1)
Use hold on to retain the line plot and add a new plot to the graph. Add a stem plot along the domain [0,8]. Then, use hold off to reset the hold state so that new plots replace existing plots, which is the default behavior.
hold on x2 = 0:0.5:8; y2 = 0.5*sin(x2); stem(x2,y2) hold off % reset hold state
MATLAB® rescales the axis limits each time a new plot is added to a graph.